FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — He got his first taste of prison after he beat and robbed a woman back in 1999.

He was only 17.

Now, he’s going back – probably for the rest of his life.

An Allen Superior Court judge sentenced 40-year-old Darryl A. Davis to 80 years in prison Friday for gunning down another man who had been buying a two-liter of soda in a gas station one night last year.

Last month, jurors watched a video of a man who looked like and dressed like Davis pull out a gun, walk up to 22-year-old Stephon T. Holland at a local Shell Quick Stop and fire a bullet right into his chest.

Darryl A. Davis

Davis claimed it wasn’t him on the video.

Jurors didn’t buy it and found him guilty of murder, being a felon in possession of a handgun and using a firearm to commit an offense.

Friday, Judge Fran Gull sentenced Davis to 60 years on the murder count and 20 years on the count of using a firearm to commit an offence, both to be served one after the other. A few years on the count of being a felon in possession of a handgun will be served at the same time as the other two sentences.

“You stole an uncle, a brother, a son,” said Randy Holland, Stephon Holland’s brother, during the court hearing. “My kids won’t know who they’re uncle is now, that’s because of him.”

Davis had been on parole when the killing happened, having served roughly 21 years of a 35-year prison sentenced handed to him for the robbery in 1999. He was scheduled to be on parole until 2027, according to prison records.

Before Davis shot Holland, a group of other men had approached the 22-year-old and were presumably angry with him. That’s when Davis came up from behind the group and shot Holland.

Then he walked away.

Police later arrested him after a “non-stop investigation” where they tracked the people who were there that night and relied on tips from the public.

“It’s no justice, but closure for sure,” said Holland’s sister, Keyonna Holland, outside the courtroom Friday.

“It’s not going to bring him back,” said Lindsay Barton, Holland’s mother.

Davis said he was satisfied with his defense attorney, Gregory Fumarolo, who asked the judge to consider Davis’s behavior during the trial as a mitigating circumstance, noting that in 32 years of law it’s unusual to work with a defendant whose behavior had been so exemplary while mounting a defense during such a serious trial.

Gull agreed.

“It’s unfortunate it’s gotten this bad,” she said. “It’s bad in the hallways, it’s bad in the jails. I appreciate you haven’t been a jerk, Mr. Davis.”

Davis remained silent during the hearing, other than saying he planned to appeal the conviction.


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